At its open day, Efficient Engineering’s managing director, Graham Hartley, said that withstanding plunging commodity prices and resulting slowing demand, the company continues to be part of the solution within the steel industry which plays a critical role in mineral beneficiation and is a key enabler of every part of the economy. The top five steel consuming industries include the automotive, mining, construction, energy, and infrastructure sectors and jointly contribute 15 percent of the total of South Africa’s GDP and employ more than 8 million people.
Through developing their own intellectual property in the areas of custom engineering mining solutions, pressure vessels and modular solutions, Efficient Engineering continues to diversify its business even further. The company has gone from purely mechanical design and manufacture, to including electrical design, and full fit out and testing of modular power control, electro houses and generator sets. Efficient Power, which was launched 18 months ago, has since turned over more than R100 million.
“We offer first to market, tailor made solutions to our clients through the expertise of our management team which has more than 200 years’ cumulative experience, in harnessing contemporary machinery and industry leading manufacturing processes.
“This has led to our robust growth and has seen us evolve from a respected family business to becoming the preferred supplier for numerous blue chip original equipment manufacturers in the local and international mining, material handling, oil and gas, satellite communication and radio astronomy, petrochemical as well as engineering industries. Further, we continue to add to our diverse portfolio through acquisitions such as that of Trotech, a division recently gained through the business rescue process.”
Trotech, now known as Efficient Trotech, offers specialist services in the field of engineering, design, manufacture and installation of bulk storage tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, reactors, air receivers and fired heaters to the petrochemical, mining and minerals industry, as well as to the pulp and paper sectors. It is an exciting addition to Efficient Engineering’s site which currently boasts a total manufacturing surface area of 21,600m2, fully equipped to undertake any engineering job, regardless of its size or complexity.
At Efficient Engineering, equipment is fabricated to world class standards by a hand-picked team of production staff, many of whom are highly skilled artisans and metalworkers. This is essential to maintaining the requirements that allow the company to retain its ISO 9001:2008 certification year after year. The company is also ISO 3834 certified as well as OHSAS 1801:2007 compliant.
A benchmark audit conducted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s (UNIDO) Subcontracting Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme resulted in an outstanding outcome. Under the category of Overall Performance and Practices Matrix, Efficient Engineering was placed in the “World Class” quadrant, along with only a few other international group companies operating in the same league.
Also, the prestigious SAISC Steel Awards recognised Efficient Engineering, its partners and client as Overall Winners this year for their work on the SKA Africa Radio Antenna Positioner project. The judges said that this project ‘radiates excellence not only in the use of structural steel but in every aspect of its structure and purpose.’
“This is testament to our commitment to being a partner of choice to our clients as well as good corporate citizens by contributing towards the growth of the economy through world class solutions that benchmark South Africa as the global industry standard,” concludes Hartley.